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Cartoon by Clay Jones U.S. Elections: Candidates Carpe Diem on Brexit

Cartoon by Clay Jones By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. England’s rejection of the European Union has sent shock waves around the world, affecting financial markets from Hong Kong to New York while sending United States presidential candidates and world leaders scurrying ...

Source: Google Now Bregret or Regrexit? Morning-After Woes in the UK

Cartoon by Clay Jones Some voters in the United Kingdom are angry at what they believe was a poor information campaign leading up to the referendum to leave the European Union. According to a news report filed by Lizzie Dearden of UK national newspaper The Independent: Electoral services workers have reported calls from people asking if they could change their decision after Friday’s resul...

no-bill-no-break U.S. Elections: Guns in My Head and They Won’t Go

Gage Skidmore, Flickr By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff.   In a dramatic last-ditch effort to pass common sense gun-control measures Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives held a sit-in Wednesday morning on the floor of the House. The majority Republican...

donald-loves-chachi U.S. Elections: Who Let the Dogs Out?

By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. Things are really getting strange in the political world of the wannabe presidents. It seems as if the two-party election process in the Unites States has gone to the dogs. Huge flocks of black buzzards will be circling overhead during the...

Nadine Heredia. Facebook photo First Lady of Peru Under Investigation for Money Laundering

Nadine Heredia. Facebook photo Lima, Jun 17 (EFE).- Judge Richard Concepcion ordered Peru's first lady and the president of the ruling Nationalist Party, Nadine Heredia, not to leave the country in order to answer charges of suspected money laundering in the electoral campaigns of 2006 and 2011. The judge also ordered Heredia, her brother Ilan Heredia and her friend Rocio Calderon, also und...

Source: Flick Commons U.S. Elections: Guns, Guns, Guns

Source: Flick Commons By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff The horrific Orlando murders are echoing and vibrating messages of love around the world like a stone thrown into a pond. Massive rallies are being held around the world in memory of those killed. United States Pre...

Wikimedia Commons UN Court to Investigate Google Maps Invasion of Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons THE HAGUE, June 2016. The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, is to arrange for an expert opinion relating to the state of a portion of the Caribbean coast near the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua, in the case concerning Delimitation in the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua). Longtime ...

"Pedro-Pablo-Kuczynski" by Robertovillani - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons Former U.S. Citizen Elected President of Peru

"Pedro-Pablo-Kuczynski" by Robertovillani - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons Lima, Jun 10 (EFE).- Keiko Fujimori conceded defeat Friday in Peru's presidential runoff to conservative economist Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, a former United States citizen who garnered 50.12 percent of the vote compared to her tally of 49.87 percent with 100 percent of the ballots counted. As previous...

Orlando Police Twitter U.S. Elections: Orlando Shooting Becomes a Political Specter

Orlando Police Twitter By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff Another mass shooting has occurred -- this time in Florida – and it’s the worst mass murder by a single shooter in the history of the United States. This shooting is getting real political real fast due to its nexus ...

Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica Legislator Supports Reunification of Jerusalem

Wikimedia Commons Washington, D.C. – 37 legislators from 19 countries, including Costa Rica, have delivered a letter to Yuli Edelstein, the Speaker of the Knesset, addressing to the people of Israel on Yom Yerushalayim, or Jerusalem Day, which is an Israeli national holiday commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem and the establishment of Israeli control over the Old City in the aftermath ...

Source: BaDoink Donald Trump Gets Parodied With Virtual Reality Porn (VIDEO)

Source: BaDoink As presumptive Republican candidate Donald Trump gets closer to becoming President of the United States, the entertainment industry seems to be getting more active in terms of ridiculing him. The latest parody to feature the most outlandish and popular political candidate, at least since Brady C. Olson filed papers with the Federal Election Commission as Deez Nuts, is a coll...

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton (rear) applauds his wife, Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, as they appear with their daughter Chelsea (R) at Mrs. Clinton's caucus night rally in Des Moines, Iowa February 1, 2016.     REUTERS/Adrees Latif Clinton Makes History as First Female U.S. Presidential Candidate

By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff The whole world is watching as presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump take aim at each other, and for the next five months both of them will throw everything they have at each other to persuade voters that they are the best c...

(Wikimedia Commons) Why I Want to F*%&k Donald Trump

(Wikimedia Commons) In 1968, acclaimed British novelist James Graham "J. G." Ballard wrote a bizarre short story entitled Why I Want to Fuck Ronald Reagan.  At the time, the late actor and former Governor of California was seeking to secure the candidacy for the Republican (Grand Ole Party or GOP) presidential ticket of the United States. Amazingly, J.G. Ballard predicted that Reagan would ...

Source: Amazon Books U.S. Elections: Could This Book Derail Clinton’s Campaign?

Source: Amazon Books By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. An explosive new book, Crisis of Character, about former President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary will be released by Amazon Books on June 28. It’s written by a former U.S. Secret Service agent with extensive insid...

Wikimedia Commons Political Chaos Feared as Haiti Invalidates Presidential Elections

Wikimedia Commons Port-au-Prince, Jun 6 (EFE).- Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council, or CEP, has invalidated last year's presidential elections and will hold new elections next Oct. 9 and Jan. 8. The head of the council, Leopold Berlanger, told a press conference Monday that on Oct. 9 the first electoral round will be held, while the runoff balloting will be on Jan. 8, 2017. In that wa...

Source: Easy Diplomacy Recap of Diplomatic Meeting Between Costa Rica and Italy

Source: Easy Diplomacy EasyDiplomacy.com Press Release - The meeting between the President of Costa Rica Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera with Italian entrepreneurs took place on Thursday 26th May at UnionCamere, on the occasion of his first visit to Italy. The goal is to foster investment opportunities in Costa Rica, which is considered one of the most competitive states in terms of corporate serv...

Life magazine cover from Britt Nelson's personal collection The Greatest Boxer of All Time Left a Strong Political Legacy

Life magazine cover from Britt Nelson's personal collection By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. The brightest light in sports history went out late Friday night as boxing legend Muhammad Ali died in Scottsdale, Arizona at age 74. The whole world woke up Saturday morning...

Pixabay Commons 5,975 Convicts Released in Costa Rica as Prison Space Runs Out

Many suspects awaiting trial are housed alongside convicted criminal in Costa Rica's La Reforma Prison, pictured. (ICR/CRS Archive) The National Association of Criminology Researchers (Spanish acronym: ANIC) is trying to file a lawsuit against the Ministry of Justice in Costa Rica over the release of nearly 6,000 convicted criminals who can no longer be housed by the national prison system. ...

Michael Temer with Dilma Rousseff Frantic Protesters in Brazil Rush Acting President’s Home and Office

Michael Temer with Dilma Rousseff Sao Paulo, Jun 1 (EFE).- A group of activists with the MTST homeless workers movement on Wednesday occupied the Sao Paulo office of the Brazilian presidency and confronted police in the heart of the country's largest city. The group invaded the offices of the presidency on Wednesday afternoon and painted it with messages such as "MTST People Without Fear" a...

Wikimedia Commons U.S. Elections: Why A Strong Third Party is Urgently Needed

Wikimedia Commons By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff.   All of this anger and disenchantment Americans are expressing toward the establishment government in Washington, DC is propelling both Republican New York billionaire Donald Trump and Vermont Senator Bernie San...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Guess WHO Is Not Helping to Control Tobacco Smoking

Wikimedia Commons By Drew Johnson The World Health Organization celebrates World No Tobacco Day by promoting policies that cause more smoking. Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. Tuesday, May 31 marks the World Health Organization’s World No Tobacco Day. The United Nations’ public healt...

Photo by Bill Damon, Flickr Commons Mystical Politics: Shamans in Peru Perform Election Rituals

Photo by Bill Damon, Flickr Commons Lima, May 30 (EFE).- A group of Peruvian shamans faced off Monday in a duel of rituals to bring an election victory either to Keiko Fujimori or to rival Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in the June 5 presidential runoff. The rituals were celebrated by six shamans, four in favor of Fujimori and two supporting Kuczynski, outside Lima's National Stadium. Empowered b...

Source: Rolling Thunder Facebook U.S. Elections: Trump Talks to Veterans; Will Not Debate Sanders

Source: Rolling Thunder Facebook By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. On Sunday, more than 500,000 motorcyclists rode into Washington, DC as the annual Rolling Thunder “Ride for Freedom” Rally over the Memorial Day weekend got under way with presidential candidate Republican...

(Wikimedia Commons) Violence Increases at Donald Trump Rallies

(Wikimedia Commons) San Diego, May 28 (EFE).- The visit of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to San Diego sparked angry and nearly violent protests that resulted in at least a dozen arrests. The police chief of this Southern California city near the Mexican border, Shelley Zimmerman, said at a press conference that a minimum of 12 people had been taken into custody fo...

Wikimedia Commons President Solis Invites Pope Francis to Visit Costa Rica

Source: Correos de Costa Rica Vatican City, May 27 (EFE).- Pope Francis met in a private audience here Friday with Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis, who invited the pontiff to visit the Central American country. "If it's possible," the pope responded. Solis arrived almost 20 minutes late for the audience, a delay officials said was due to a misunderstanding between the Vatican ...

(Archive image for illustrative purposes. Wikimedia Commons) U.S. Elections: Trump Wins Nomination; Legal Troubles for Clinton

(Archive image for illustrative purposes. Wikimedia Commons) By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. Washington, May 26 (EFE; additional reporting and opinion by The Costa Rica Star). Real-estate mogul Donald Trump has exceeded the minimum number of delegates needed to secure t...

Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica Lawmakers Reach Out to Pope Francis on Abortion Issue

Source: Correos de Costa Rica A cadre of 19 legislators from eight political parties in Costa Rica have signed a request for Papal intervention against the potential legalization of abortion. The request was announced earlier this week during an ordinary session of the Legislative Assembly; of the eight parties that signed the petition, seven are well-established in Costa Rica, only Restaur...

"El chapo Guzmán" por Fabrizio León Diez - Obra do próprio. Licenciado sob CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons Chapo Guzman is Looking to Make a Deal With the U.S.

Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman. Source: Wikimedia Commons Mexico City, May 23 (EFE).- Drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" (Shorty) Guzman will not appeal any ruling opening the way for his extradition to the United States, a move approved by the Mexican Foreign Relations Secretariat last week, if he reaches an agreement with U.S. authorities, defense attorney Jose Refugio Rodriguez told EFE. "Joaquin is n...

Tuna is a major target of illegal fishing. Costa Rica Signs International Agreement to Fight Illegal Fishing

Longline tuna haul. Source: Greenpeace. FAO Media Release - 16 May 2016, Rome - Illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing is about to become much more difficult thanks to the imminent entry into force of the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA), a ground-breaking international accord championed by FAO. Now that the required threshold has been reached, with 30 Members having formally...

An EgyptAir Airbus. Wikimedia Commons U.S. Elections: EgyptAir 804 Becomes a Campaign Talking Point

An EgyptAir Airbus. Wikimedia Commons By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. Just as soon as EgyptAir Flight 804 crashed into the Mediterranean Sea early Thursday presidential candidate Republican Donald Trump -- without any real evidence -- claimed the tragic incident to be “...

Wikimedia Commons UN Expert Concerned About Elderly Population of Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons GENEVA  – The diversity of the needs of older persons is invisible in current policies related to ageing in Costa Rica despite the existence of good practices in the country, the United Nations Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, said on 18 May. “Older persons are not a homogenous group,” the expert stressed at the...

Wikimedia Commons U.S. Increases Deportations of Central American Immigrants

Wikimedia Commons Washington, May 18 (EFE).- Central American parents and children who are in the United States after fleeing the violence in their home countries went to Congress Wednesday to ask for "laws that protect them" and the legal protection needed to be able to apply for asylum here. Half a dozen children, some of them accompanied by their parents, traveled from Chicago to Washing...

imgflip.com U.S. Elections: Sanders Is In For The Long Run

imgflip.com By Britt Nelson Editor’s Note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. Kentucky handed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a very weak victory Tuesday night over Democratic rival Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, described by a CNN news anchor as “tighter than a Speedo on Chris Christie.” San...

Wikimedia Commons U.S. Extends Protection to Migrants from Honduras and Nicaragua

Wikimedia Commons Washington, May 16 (EFE).- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced Monday that it is extending for another 18 months the Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for Honduras and Nicaragua, a measure that also allows the extension of work permits. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced in a statement that the limit on this immigration benefit for Nicaragua...

LGBT flag U.S. Elections: Transgender Politics and Public Education

By Britt Nelson Editor’s Note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. A new reality is spreading across the United States of America in places of traditional privacy – public bathrooms in shopping centers, airports, swimming pools and schools. Through President Obama’s U.S. Department of Education, p...

Michael Temer with Dilma Rousseff Acting President of Brazil Removes Women from Cabinet

Michael Temer with Dilma Rousseff Brasilia, May 12 (EFE).- Brazilian acting President Michel Temer on Thursday chose leading figures from nine centrist and conservative parties for his Cabinet, which for the first time in decades has no female ministers. Temer, who had been vice president, replaced Dilma Rousseff of the center-left Workers Party, or PT, Brazil's first woman head of state, w...

Source: rree.go.cr Köszönöm! Diplomatic Agreements Between Costa Rica and Hungary

Source: rree.go.cr The Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Péter Szijjártó, concluded diplomatic, economic and education agreements during his one-day official visit to Costa Rica, from where he informed Hungarian news agency MTI by telephone from San José de Costa Rica on Wednesday evening local time. 'Hungary views Costa Rica as a bridgehead for building relations with Centra...

Pixabay Commons Area 51 Secrets Would be Revealed if Clinton is Elected

Pixabay Commons Washington, May 11 (EFE).- U.S. President Barack Obama has no plans to divulge information about the secret military base known as Area 51, where spy aircraft were tested during the Cold War and where some believe confidential information about extraterrestrials is being kept, the White House said. However, Democratic presidential favorite Hillary Clinton has said that, if s...

ISIS fighters in Iraq. (Wikimedia Commons) The U.S. Elections and the ISIS Crisis

ISIS fighters in Iraq. (Wikimedia Commons) By Britt Nelson Editor’s Note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. West Virginia voters spoke loudly Tuesday night in the Democratic presidential primary giving Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders a large win over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. While West...

(ICR-CRS Archive) Former Costa Rica president calls Trump anti-immigrant rhetoric “dangerous”

(ICR-CRS Archive) The former President of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla (2010-2014) described U.S. Republican presidential candidate, Donald’s Trump campaign rhetoric as “dangerous” even if the billionaire does not win the general election, in an interview published Friday by the Mexican newspaper, Reforma. The biggest risk that Trump represents to Latin America is not that he is likely to w...

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